Perhaps you’re already familiar with Vince Poscente‘s New York Times Bestseller from 2007, The Age of Speed: Learning to Thrive in a More-Faster-Now World. If not, you may soon be… Random House just announced that they will be re-releasing the book as their lead paperback for the Fall of 2008 – hitting shelves on August 26.
While the book was originally focused on business readers, the new release has been tweaked to reach a broader audience of people struggling for more balance and less busyness in our ‘more, faster, now world.’ Here’s an excerpt:
“The new world of change assembled itself within a decade. And in the next ten years, the same thing will happen again-only this time the revolution is speed. Culture, business, and the individual experience are undergoing another major shift-one that is equally powerful and has the potential to be equally positive. If we can accept the positive potential that speed offers, we can do more, be more, live more. The change movement is a template that can guide us through the Age of Speed: rather than bucking speed, vowing to find solutions for moderating it, we should embrace it and find ways to create more of it.
Our resistance to speed was motivated by forces that have undergone dramatic change in recent years. Not all the values we once had to apply to the concept of speed are relevant. Though we have been taught that if we embrace speed, we will be forced to compromise quality, cost, our values, and our peace of mind, those rules don’t necessarily apply in the Age of Speed. And when they do apply, we don’t have to reject speed outright; we simply have to be more mindful of the value of our experiences. We no longer have to assume that we will always have to make compromises when we make speed a priority. We don’t have to assume that if we embrace speed, our lives will just get busier and busier. We’re in a new environment, a new game, and we need to play by different rules. We need to adapt, evolve, and shed our outdated or misguided perceptions of speed. We need to reshape the way we define, manage, and categorize our time.”
Be on the lookout for the new book, and if you’re looking for a great speaker to help your team members, association members or other constituents thrive in this “Age of Speed,” look no further than Vince Poscente. Read more about him here: www.thespeakersgroup.com/Vince_Poscente.